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VOL. XXI. MANNING, S. C.. WEDNESDAY, MAY 8, 1907. NO. 32.
SHOT TO KILL A Columbia Butcher Killed While on His Way to Work. MURDER OR SUICIDE. Robbery was Doubtless the Motive, Although the Suicide Theory Has Been Advanced. He Usually Car ried His Money to and from His Market. Crime Occurs About Five O'clmk in the Morning. Another homicide, with evidence of a successful hold up occurred in the surburbs of Columbia on Thurs day morning. R. T. Westcott, a but cher, was shot and killed, while on his way to his market from his resi dence In the surburb of Waverley The affair is a mystery, but there's evidences that a holdup and robbery, such as resulted several weeks ago In the double killing of Charles B. Green, a Shandon merchant, and Ed gar Marshall, the supposed highway man, was attempted. In this case, however, the robber (if robber there was) did not take any chances, but shot to kill. The fact that the homicide occurred at five o'clock -n the morning, and that two chambers of Westcott's own pis tol were empty, lends some color to the theory of suicide, but there being circumstances of immaterial nature which also tend to support this theory. But the general Impression is that he was waylaid and murder ed. Westcott lives in Waverley, No. 1,016 Oak street, a street which runs parallel to Main street in Columbia. His home is an -ordinray one story cottage, but seems to have been a happy home,, containing a happy and Intelligent fzmily. It was Westcott's custom to arise about 5 o'clock and prepare to go to his market. He lost his left hand several years ago, and his wife usually assisted him in dressing. His son, Robert, 15 years of age, was usually awaked about the time his father left the house and followed him to the market. The little spaniel dog, Brownie, went .with his master, who was accus tomed to carry his pistol In his one hand as he walked along the sub urban streets at this early hour. It was Westcott's custom, as it was the custom of Charlie Green, the Shan don merchant, to carry money. back and forth between his market and his home, as he had no safe in his market. Thursday morning he fol lowed the routine he was accustomed to follow every day. Arising about five o'clock. or a short time before that hour, he call ed his son, and with his dog started out. The boy in twenty-five minutes followed in the usual routine, along Oak street, across Gervais street, almost to Lady street, where a by path was taken through the grounds of the Waverley School and between the large and small schoolhouse buildings, which stand about ten feet apart. At the corner of the small school house, which Is the left as one walks in that direction, the boy came across the lifeless body of his father. the little dog sitting by his master's body on guard. The pistol was at the dead man's right side. The boy, paralyzed by grief and fear, kept his wits still about him and instead of running back home to alarm his mother, went to his grandfather's so that the news might be broken more gently at home. His relatives were soon on the scene and summoned physicians, and the offi cers of the law. Constable Richardson of Waverley was the first officer to arrive, and he k6pt the crowd back as much as pos sible, in order that tracks niight be followed. Coroner Walker was there as quickly as possible, and Sheriff Coleman followed. The corener se cured from the penitentiary and from the county chain gang -several blood hounds, but they failed to find any trail, though put on the scene In a remarkable short time. The body was removed to Van Metre's undertaking establishment, where several physicianis examined the wound. It was found that the ball had entered the left side of the head, above and to the front o'f the' ear and above and to the rear of the temple. The ball penetrated the brain, lodging in the skin on the right of the head, where it was cut out. It was a 32 calibre. The wound must have produced instant death. The unmistakable powder burns on the left side of the head, where the bullet entered, showed conclusively that the pistol when fired was placed almost. If not directly, against the head. If Westcott was murdered-anld there is no reason to say that he was rot-the murderer 'was statting in front of the little school h'ouse as the victim walked along the side, and as Westcott emerged from the house the murderer placed the pistol at the head and fired. It was an ideal place-if not an ideal time of day for a hold-up-and not a likely spot for a suicide. The fact that he was shot in the left side of the head. which 'was toward the school house, while his left hand was gone, is an other circumstance to be taken into consideration.. Westcott was fifty years of age and was a native of Richland County. He. left a wife and four children. He was formerly an engnlee" and about thirteen years ago !ell under a mx. ing train at the union station, and in tin to shove himself out of the wy, nhis left arm was cut off just below the elbow. He then quit the road and set up in business as but her, his market being on Taylor treet, in the city of Columbia. It Is a mile from his residence to his mar ket. and the place of the killing is about two blocks from his home. DEATH A MYSTERY. Screams Heard in Vacant House and Dead Body Found. At Atlanta mystery surrounds the death Thursday afternoon of Wil liam C. Glazier, an employe of the Gholstinl Mattress company. He wa~ seen about five o'clock going to an unoccupied house on Houstan street and soon after screams were heard. Investigation resulted in finding his body lying on the floor, life extinct nSiide is one theory advanced. SIMPLY AN OUTRAGE. Coffin Left on the Porch of the Baptist Parsonage A Card Was Left With the Coffin Threatening Rev. E. M. Lightfoot With Death In a Short Time. Orangeburg was stirred with indig nation Thursday morning when it be came known that some one on the night before had left a coffin on the porch of the Baptist Parsonage, which is located right on the public Square in the brght glare of several electric lights. The Parsonage is oc cupied by the Rev. E. M. Lightfoot, Pastor of the Baptist Church, and his wife. The community looked upon the outrageous occurrence as a das tardly attempt to wound the feelings of a fearless and outspoken minister of the gospel for some attack he has made upon vice and its adherents. The coffin, which was discovered by Mr. Lightfoot about eight o'clock, was resting on two benches on the front porch. It was a cheap one, about the size for a half-grown per son. Just under the lid of the coffin was a card on which was written a warning and a threat to Mr. Light foot. It read as follows: "This will be your last resting place after June 10 next. Good by, Rev. Lightfoot. P.S., Peace to your ashes. Anon." The note was written in a fairly good hand, and was evidently executed by some one of average intelligence. Rev. Mr. Lightfoot notified the po lice at once, who began an investiga tion. Later in the day the coffin was recognized by the keeper of a colored undertaking establishment as one that had been taken from his es tablishment sometime Wednesday night. He said that one of the po licemen had informed him that his place was found open about one o' clock Wednesday night. The police man had told him this Thursday morning, and not immediately after the coffin house was found open. No oubt the party was in there then getting the coffin. It is a pity that the matter was not investigated right then. A young man who works on The imes and Democrat says he saw ome one go in this same coffin house n Tuesday night of last week, and that he tried to see what he was up to, but the fellow knowing that he was watched stood perfectly still. He aid the party he saw was a large, all man with a moustache. He could ot tell whether he was white or col red. No doubt this fellow, who er he was, had something to do Fith putting the coffin on the porch he night after our young man saw sim at the coffin house. While no one, of course, believes >or a minute that the affair is serious 1 :o far as the threats made by the arties are concerned, still the en ire community regards the dastard y outrage as an insult to the entire i ity, and that it should be ferreted i t and the guilty parties made to ufler. it was a malicious, dastardly )utrage, and we are glad to know .hat nothing will be left undone to pprehend and expose any one liv g in this community who would be ~uilty of such a thing. Several par .ies were engaged in it and they will; e caught.1 One of the worst features of the )utrage is !ts effect on Mrs. Lightfoot who s not In the best of health. By ccident she saw the coffin and at mnce became very nervous, and at ne time It was feared that she would e prostrated from the effect It had n her nervous system. It is a mys-1 :ery how the coffin was brought up hrought the streets without being 3een by the police. It was certainly bold piece of business, considering :he location of the Parsonage and here the coffin was put. BILLIONS OF HERRING. tlantic Ocean Is Really a Great Food Pond. The herring catch is to Northern Europe what the wheat crop is to merica. Few persons, even among the millions that consume this fish realize its economic importance. Ac ording to the latest reports more than 3,000,000,000 herrings are cap tured each year. This catch would weigh not less than 750,000 tons. It would require 25,000 freight cars, with a capacity of 30 tons each to haul the herring catch from the At lantic seaboard inland. Despite the unremitting harvest of an and gull and the cannibalistic od and shark the armies of herring still populate the Atlantic and show no signs of giving way to any other type of fish. SHOT IN FIGHT. Man Charged With Murder Leads Exciting Chase. At Ne.w York in a running fight with a dozen policemen Thomas Donahoe, whom the police sought. n the charge of murder, was shot nd fatally wounded at the hands of the policemen. Donahoe's fight was up and down fire escapes and over several roofs Donahoe died after the arrival at the hospital. It was a shot in the shoulder that brought him down when he was obliged to expose his entire body to the police. TERRIBLE SUFFERING. One HUyndred Drowned by the Rising of Three Rivers. Over one hundred persons are re ported drowned and 100,000 render ed homeless tyy the rising of _the Dneiper, Dneister and Dwina rivers in the vicinity of Odessa. Driven from their homes by the fast rising waters, the people rushed for the hills, leaving all the household goods and taking practically no food. Ter rible suffering is bound to follow, as they are without funds MURDER AM) SUICIDE. Climbed Up to a Second Story to Commit Crime. At St Louis. Mo., after climbing a tw-tory porch and breaking open a window. Albert Koenig. a lineman secured entrance into the room of Nettie Woods, on Walnut street, and shot her. He then shot himself twice. Both were removed to the hospital, and It is believed they will die The two recently quarrelled. COST OF LIVING The Government Statistics Sho Highest Level on Record. EVERYTHING HIGHER Remarkable Increase in All Lines < Household and Personal Suppli Indicated by Recent Complicatic Of Statistics of Wholesale Price and the Government to Study R4 tail Prices. Living expenses are increasing a rate that finally has startled th government statisticians-and he i the last man in the world to be star led at anything. For three years the average Amei ican housekeeper has felt the stral of increased household expenses, bu until within a few months, the mai ter has not appealed officially to th statistical agents of the government, Indeed, less than a year ago, figure were made public by the bureau o labor which seemed to indicate tha there had been no increase in the liv ng expenses of the average Ameri can citizen. The figures showed tha some articles of everyday use in Am erican households had gone up i1 price, but the general precentage o ncrease was so small as to be incon siderable. At that very time, it wa known to every householder in th< land that the expenses had increase< materially, and that he was payini more for the support of his famil: than he ever had paid before. Now, these facts have dawned oi the government officials. The lates Investigation made by the bureau o labor have thrown some strong ligh n the subject. The criticism of th reports made about a year ago induc d the officers of the labor bureau t< institute an inquiry into the cost o: wholesale amounts of commoditie, generally used in housekeeping. Th4 omparisons instituted covered a per iod of seventeen years. The inquiri into the wholesale prices of such ar ticles of the same commodities Is be ing made. The latter will not be com pleted for several months yet; bul the statistics respecting the whole ale prices has prepared the statis ics for what they will find in theii inquiry into the retail prices. In the inquiry only recently com pleted. it was discovered that the wholesale prices of 258 ordinary ommodities had reached a highei 'evel In 1906 than at any previous [me in the history of the country )f course, the period covered by the ivestigation was only seventeer ears, but at no time prior to that iad prices so high been attained as ;o any considerable number of the rticles investigated. On the whole umber of articles, the average price in 1906, was 5.6 per cent higher than :t was in 1905, and 36.5 per cent aigher than in 1897, the year ii hich the lowest prices of all the ~ommodites were reached in the 17 rear period. The statistics show hat the highest level of prices was ~eached in December, 1906, the aver ge for that month being 4.1 per ent higher than for the entire year )f 1906, and 6.3 per cent higher than or the corresponding month of the ~revious year. It is stated by the bureau of labor :hat the inquiries covered farm pro lucts, food, clothing, lumber, build g materials, drugs, house furnish ngs and miscellaneous commodities ~'arm products and chemicals showed slight decrease from the prices of L905, but all other products indicat d a material increase. The aver rge price of farm products showed, n 1906. only a slight change fron 1905, while food products as a wholE ncreaed 3.6 per cent over 1905. Sixty-five of the seventy articles - clothing showed an increase it price, while only four indicated a de rease. In the others there was n< change. In submitting the figures, the bu rea of labor make no attempt ti iscuss the cause of the rise and fal f prices contenting itself with a sim le statement of the facts as it find them. It is significant, however, tha an inquiry is being made into retai prices on the very heels of the othe1 vestigation. CAUSES MUCH SURMISE. 'he Pastor and Young Lady Men ber Are Missing. Members of the fashionable SI George's Episcopal church at Hemp stead, L. I., were astonished Thurs day when they learned that their pa~ tor, Rev. Jere Knode Coode, had de parted from Hemnpstead, and tha iss Floretta Whaley also had lel er home and had written letter saying she would not return. Re~ Mr. Cooke is married. Bishop Burgess, of the diocese o Long Island, says that immediate ac tion will be taken by the vestry C St. George's church to fill the vacar :y caused by the departure of Mi Cooke. It is inclined to the belief that Di Cooke cannot be of sound mind. H~ obtained a leave of absence a yea ago and went to Europe to recupe ate. but his condition since his rf turn home has been poor. Miss Whaley, the missing your woman, has a fortune said to amoul to $125,000,which came to her the death of her father. MUST HANG. Kentucky Court of Appeals Affirni Hanging for Assault. says the Kentucky law inflicting ti death penalty for criminal assau was sustained by the court of appea affiming a death sentence imposedc Harrison Alexander, colored, for assault on a white woman. REFUSED ADMISSION. Woman in Male Attire Not Allow< To Land. A dispatch from San Francis says landing in this country has be denied "Countess Convalessky," woman who dressed in male atti and who arrived with her husbal n he Ventura. TERRIBLE PICTURE Drawn of the Conditions of ti Upper Congo By a Preacher Who Had Just E L. turned from That Unhappy ai Much Abused Country. The Rev. Charles Padfield, of t] )f Congo Balolo Mission, who has Ju M returned from the upper Congo, h made the following interesting stat ment to a representative of Reuter 9 Agency at London. "I have been three and a ha years on the Congo, mainly in wh; are known as the Abir and Lulani Lt territories, which were visited tv e years ago by the Congo commissic s of inquiry. "The Congo administration hg now taken the territories of the Ab Company under direct control, at if you must know what in a practic, a sense this means. I will answer th, t question In the language of a nath chief to me; If you call a- leopar something else, does he become son: e thing else?" "Ordinary commercial method s are unkriown and the native coui f try, or regular soldiers of the For( Publique, takes the place of th 't trader in more favored parts of Afr ca. Some of my colleagues foun . villages living under the shadow < t the sentry rifle. Their reports wer forwarded, I believe, to the foreig office. Owing to various causes have been unable to travel to an extent lately; but heavy fighting I the Upper Lopori and Upper Maarit ga has been admittedly taking plac for several months past. "I do not like to think of what 1 D going on there. Just before I left whole crop of rumors reached Bai inga. Of course, I am not In a posi tion to guarantee their accuracy, bu from what we have seen ourselve at Baringa before the advent of th commission, there is but too muc) reason to believe in their substantia truth. Fighting and massacre, pri oners shot, misery and outrage-tha is the burden of the story. A pa thetic message reached me by dev] ous ways from a long distance inlan as I was preparing to leave. Why d not missionaries come up into ou country to save us from being kille for rubber.? "When sheer robbery is the basi of everything what can the outlool be? 'Atrocities' are only one aspec of the question. The system itself i simply dibclical, resting, as it does upon forcible appropriation of every thing. "On my return home I made point of visiting Duala, in the Ger man Camerons, and New Calabar, ii the Niger protectorate, to see fo: myself how the administration work in those colonies, and more than evei did I realize, as I saw and noted th4 extraordinary and profound differ ence between the principles of rule ii those places, that everything on thi Congo is a nightmare of bratal de spotism and cruelty." The interview with Mr. Padfiel was submitted by Reuter to a high ly-placed official in Brussels, whc gave the state. CUT OFF THEIR EARS. Act of Robber Struck Terror to The Hearts of Women. The latest exploit of the hooligan: of Marseilles has struck terror int< the hearts of every woman in thai city. A few nights ago a woman oi her way home was suddenly ap proached on the Qual du Vieux Por by a stranger and asked to hani over her gold earrings. She starte< back in alarm, and a minute late: screamed and fell fainting to thi pavement. When she was picke< up by a policeman it was found tha the lobe In her left ear had been cu off, and the earrings with it. A lady wearing a pair of pearl ear rings was accosted by a well dresse< man in a quiet street and asked t< give up her earrings. She offere< resistance and screamed. In an In stant her left ear was cut entirel: off, and the thief ran away with th ear. Another woman lost both ear Quite a number of women have bee: similarly robbed during the pas few days. ISeveral ears have been found, ani M. Caviailer, the Marseilles judge in struction, has had them. preserved il alcohol. 91 one case the assaian has been captured, and is to be triel before the assizes at Aix, when th ear will be produced as evidence One resulet of the crimes Is that th women of Ma'rseilles have now begu: to discard earrings altogether. CARIEDOFFA RAILROAD. Nothing But Roadbed Remains of a tOld Line in Ireland. 5 A railroad between Birr and Pari .umna, Ireland. has been stolen an nothing remains of It save the roac f bed and one lonely bridge. One a!te -the other the telegraph wires an f poles then the rails and ties, an - finally, the buildings have been cal . red off by the neighboring popull tion. A man did intend taking th .remaining bridge, but was prevente from doing so by an officer, wh .r happened to catch him in the act. -In 1868, a line was built betwee -the two places. It was worked 1 the Great Southern and Western lir g until 1876, when it failed to rene it the lease. The road was deserte Lt and the people living in its vicinil gradually took posession of its fi tures. FORTELLS EARTHQUAKE American in Mexico Was Warned 1 Parrots Screaming. e It has been advised that the Me It eorological bureau of Mexico oug: Is to supply its stations with parrol n since the recent earthquake shocic Ln L. C. Crutcher, an American condu< or on the Mexican Central railroa says he was warned an hour In a vance that there would be an eart quake by the srceaming of parro Mr. Crutcher arose when he hea the parrotts in the house giving for their yells of distress, and, dressitr went out on the street. When t ~o triemors came the parrotts yell xn louder than ever and never ceas a until the last quake was over.I re said he never knew par-ots to fa id to give warning of an approach1: athquake. FIFTY MEN CRUSHED le In the Wreck of a Dam at Chi huahau, Mexico, . The Disaster is Only One of the Many d Which Have Happened in Same Mexican State. e A special from Chihuahua, Mex st ico, says: a s Without an instant warning the e- great walls of the Chivuscar dam s gave way Friday engulfing nearly forty men under the enormous If weight of masonry and water, be tween fifteen and twenty of whom t are dead, thirteen injured and others o unaccounted for. o Some of the injured will die. n The disaster is only the last of a large number which have recently claimed nearly 200 victims in that s State, and mostly in the neighbor r hood of Chilhauhua. d The authorities are making a thor .i ough investigation Into the present f Lt catastrophe and will severely punish e those upon whom they place the t] d blame. e According the version of the affair which reached here, the men were t] I working on a foundation close to the L- foot of the main ramparts of the e dam, which had already been con e structed. - The main wall was weak and gave b d way under the water pressure. The dam was being put in for irrigation and stock watering purposes and was a a large enterprise. The loss will be heavy. All of t the victims are Mexicans. - RELEASED PRISONERS. d e d s Moonshiners in the Dark Corner ti a ei Hold Up Officers. st Moonshiners gave a 'party of offi- ( ,t cers a big surprise in the dark cor- ti ner section of Greenville county Fri day by surrounding a distillery n which the raiding squad had captur- e ed and at the point of Winchester a] rifles demanded and effecting the re- T t lease of three prisoners. It was a ti daring piece of work even for block- el aders and rather out of the ordinary h for these times. 3 Since the -Carey-Cothran law went i into effect Magistrate Rector of High hi land township, has been active in al destroying illicit distilleries. Wed- t nesday night he started a raid near T the North Carolina line and early Thursday mlorning a big distillery t was located. The magistrate was ac- 01 companied by two constables. 01 One was sent off to Tryon to not- h ify the deputy revenue collecton at s' L Greenville while .the magistrate and tb - his constable hold the still. Just at bi daylight, presumably to start oper- fO ation. Two were captured, but one escaped. Half an hour later the dis- ki tillery was surrounded by mountain- e( eers who covered the officers with tI their rifles and effected the release T of the prisoners. in The mountaineers then destroyed tb the distillery and 110 gallons of 11- 0 quor in order to prevent the prop- ki erty from falling into the hands of sp the Federal government, several wo- re men assisting in the work. Magis- m trate Rector and his constables were m told to clear out and they lost no ii time in getting away. A number of kh warrants will be sworn out for the tb rrest of the guilty parties.u MERRYMALKER KILLED. w -in lit Attacked by Men Who Sought to se "Break Up" Party. Five Men are under arrest at Mount Holly, N. J., charged with the H crime of killing William Beebe, a farmer, of Red Lion. The murder was the result of a determination to "break up" a merrymaking party at Chairville. The men under arrest P~ are Howard Reeves, Theodore Wells. ni Caleb Rogers, Harry Reeves and Har- nc -ry Hammell. They appear to have i ad no motive for killing Beebe, ex- si cept that they were looking for a i 'ght and mnet him first. The five men accused, were at- pI racted to the house in which the fes- dC ivities were going on, by lights and W~ dancing. As they approached the k olace they stumbled upon Beebe in ai - -rk niace and clubbed him to in death. The merrymakers were at- ce Stracted to the doors by the inise o '.without and managed to th 1hold the murderers until they could to tbe placed into custody. The five ai men declared they were looking for et a fight and could clean out the ti "whole bunch." It is understood h: that Rogers was the instigator of the p1 attackif and three chlrnawaited e the .homecoming of Mr. Beebe. as they thought he had gone to town on business. Trho five men are being held awaiting the result of the cor- A 1 oner's inquest. STRUCK PRISONER. - ti d Negro Who Assaulted New Jersey r Women Beaten by Mayor. t Edward Gibson, a negro living at o -Wenonah, N. J., and employed as a th - cook at Woodbury, near Camden, N. ti e J was arrested Thursday night, on ey ,the charge of attacking Miss Dorothy t Paris, of Wenonah. t Gibson attacked the young woman o: as she left a trolley car in Wenonah, it Sfor her home. He knocked her J e down, an was about to seize her by *dthe throat when four young men A *ymade their appearance and Gibson b 7 fled. He was captured in the woods tl near Wenonah, and given a beating t by his captors.0 Gibson was then taken before May- t or Lawrence, who, when he heard the story, became so enraged that he y struck the prisoner in the face. May -or Lawrence held him for a hearing1y before Justice of the Peace 'Williams, twho sent him to jail without bail. it TWENTY HUERT IN WRECK s, sFast Train Left the Track and Two t 1, Passengers Fatally Hurt t 1- A fast passenger train on the Bal-g s, timore and Ohio railroad on the Ohioc -dRiver division, was wrecked forty g five miles below Parkersbury, W. ' Va., Thursday afternoon injuring 20 d persons and two fatally. It was d unning at the rate of sixty miles1 de an hour. The. baggage car left the i rack, causing the engine and five cars to follow and the rear coaches to trn over the embankment. LIVING TOMB. everal Miners Entombed Four Days Rescued at Last. 1OW THEY MANAGED Vere Almost Frozen to Death. One Of The Imprisoned Men, Took Charge of the Party-They Built a Hut From Ties and Slept Most Of the Time--Scenes at the Mine's Entrance. The seven miners entombed In the 'oustwell mine of the Berwind Vhite company, near Johnstown, Pa. Lst Saturday, were rescued Tuesday ight, after nearly four days of hero : work by the rescurers. The ien were alive though almost frozen rom the cold and starved from lack f food. The rescurers who came to eir place of imprisonment first ere Stoney Roden and Charles Rean 'hey waded through water up to ieir necks. Several times they assed within a few inches of the Line roof. They were almost par yzed when they reached the men. ach carried two bottles of milk and randy and gave it to the men spar Lgly. The rescuers began work at once tr the mind was flooded last Sat rday. Pumps were set going. More ian 2,000 gallons of water were Lken from the mine every minute, ay and night. It was not until Mon ay morning that the pumps began i gain on the water. The work of te rescuers necessitated great brav y. Some of them were forced to op working because of the mental mndition. The noise of the pumps, Le splash of the water and the excit zg surroundings, shattered their rves. Women and children crowd about the opening of the mine id hampered them in their work. hey were kept from harm only trough the use of force. The pray s and cries to the entombed were rrowing. Mrs. Bolva, wife of one the miners, stood weeping at the outh of the mine and calling for r husband. Her father, 74 years of e, kept up chants and prayers for e man, never ceasing for 72 hours. zeir case was not an exception. The rescued men were fo'nd in .e highest point of the shaft. Bolya, te of the members of the impris Led party, had the men well in Lnd. When he found they were lifering from the cold, he ordered em to pull ties from the water and ild a hut. There they lived for ur days in comparative comfort. Ily one of the miner's lamps was pt burning. When that one burn out another was lighted. Thus e men were no in utter darkness. iey could see the water sinking ch by inch, and hear the roar of e pumps. They tapped frequently the air pipes to let the rescuers LOW that they were alive and to ur them to determined efforts. The ason the tappings were not made Dre often was that the men spent ost of their time sleeping in their ring tomb. When rescued and ta n to the hospital, it was found at they had suffered from expos e. Their good condition was ac unted for from the fact that they are cheerful all the time- of their prisonment, even though they had tle reason to think they would ever e their families again. BURGLAR HAD A HEART' Wouldn't Rob House of Death, But Went Elsewhere. W. W. Waitneight, of Bellevue, L., whose baby died early Sunday ght, was awakened by a slight vise made by a burglar, and think g the nurse who was attending his k wife was in the room sat up and quired what was wrong. The burglar, turning up on him, tled a revolver and told him to '"lie wn and keep quiet." Instead aitneight asked the intruder if he: ew that he had made a mistake id that he had entered a house which death had just recently oc The burglar, impressed, withdrew e revolver and asked Waitneight tell him about it. This was done, Ld at the close the. burglar express isympathy and regret for the in usion, and returning a watch, he Ld stolen left the house. The night -owler made up for this loss, how !er, by making heavy thefts in oth nearby houses. KILLED BY MISTAKE. n Austrian Count Slain by a Posse In California. The San Francisco Examiner says te supposed desperado who was kill I at Willows after a running fight th a posse of officers has been idea fied as Count Otto Von Waldsteinl Austria, scion of a noble family of [story, nephew to a cardinal and to e Prince of Wartemburg, one of i richest men in Franz Joseph's Count Otto died fighting, believing iat he was being attacked by a band robbers. The posse thought that had ran down Smith, murderer of :hn Marcovich. Count Otto Von 'Waldstein left stria and his family six years ago ecause of a love affair. He fought irough the Boor war. He wandered America a poor young man with u a profession to work with his ands for existence. FATAL FALL. [urled to His Death From Top of High Building. At Atlanta Alber J. Stevens, an :nlishman, was hurled to death and bree other workmen jiarrowly escap d being killed by the fall of a sec ion of coping on the new Andrews iuilding on Marietta street Thurs ty morning. Stevans fell a distance ff seventy feet and was horribly :rushed. He died at the Grady Hos sital an hour later. The three other vorrkmen who were working with itevens saved themselves by .jumping >akward when the coping gave Lwy. The exact cause of the acci lent is not known. Stevens was an >rnafental brick mason, and was 24 rears old. He had been in Atlanta nl about two months. VOTED IT DOWN. After a Full and Free Discussiom of the Matter Citizens of~ Sandy Run Township Lexington County, View Nev County Project With Disfavor. In retponse to a call that had beer issued a few weeks ago by promineni cititens of Sandy Run Township, Lex ington County, a large number ol voters assembled at Spreading Branch school house, in that township. The purpose of this meeting was to dis cuss and decide upon the advisability of joining the people of St. Matthews in their efforts to form a new county out of a portion of Orangeburg Coun ty and that section of Lexington. The meeting was called to order by Dr. Brooker, of Swansea, who stated the object of the meeting. Mr. Na than B. Wannamaker, an influential citizen of thot community, was unan imously elected chairman and a secre tary was also chosen. In order that the matter be brought before the body, the following resolution was offered for adoption: "Resolved, That we, the voters of Sandy Run Township, in mass meet ing assembled, do regard with un qualified disfavor any movement from whatever source-whatever and subserved-that contemplates the dismemberment of our county but cutting therefrom any township or section' or any part thereof,- or that in any way imperils the integrity of the same." As there were present a nupber of gentlemen from St. Matthew's who came there as promoters of the new county, the motion which had been made to adopt this resolution, was temporarily withdrawn, and a motion was made and carried that these gen tlemen and a gentleman who was present from the city of Orangeburg be allowed the privileges of the, floor that they might participate in the discussion. Mr. J. Scottowe Wanna maker, Mr. Wimberly and several other gentlemen and Mr. J. H. Fun derburg, from Orangeburg, were in vited to take part in this discussion. Mr. Wannamaker then made a speech of about two hours against the adoption of this resolution. He put forth the argument of the new ounty advocates and endeavored to show the peole of Lexington that it would be- to their advantage if they would withdraw from Lexington coun ty and become a part of the new ounty, which would have St. Mat thew's as its county seat. He devot ed most of his time in making charg es of extravagence and mismanage ment against the officials of Orange burg County. He said the Court House officials were receiving ex travagant salaries for their services and that the county expenses were annually on the increase. He also claimed that the county commissioners were entirely too ex travagent in their management of the people's money; that too much was spent for bridges and roads, and that this fund was not equitably distribu ted. He also said that the lands and property of this county were assessed at too high values, and consequently made the taxes burdensome upon the people. He explained why he thought the newspapers and politicians of old )rangeburg County were opposing the new county scheme, and charged them with having selfish motives for so doing. He spoke for nearly two hours, hut seldom referred to Lexington County or its officials. 01rangeburg affairs seemed to have been on his mind, and this did not aid him much a solving the problem for the solu tion of which these Lexington people had assembled. After Mr. Wannamaker completed his speech Mr. Funderburg addressed the meeting in support of the reso lution and endeavored in a brief manner to present the contrary facts. e defended the action of th'e Or angeburg officials and while he ad mitted that a great deal of money was being spent by the county com missioners he had no facts to show that the people did not get the bene fit c ( every dollar of this money. Even if this extravagence were ad mitted, it would have no bearing on the resolution before this body, as1 that was purely a Lexington matter. 'hese people were not concerned in Qrangebrg county affairs. Mr. Funderburg replied to. all the pertinent points of Mr. Wannamak er's argument. suggested to the peo ple to let this experiment alone and remain with Lexington, as to make the change would be a leap in the dark. Lexington is not a heavily tax ed county and they would certainly have their taxes increased if they went into a new county, which was shown by the average rate of taxa tion in the six new counties for five years as compared with the rate they are now paying. He claimed that amptation of a portion of Orange burg County would not be the proper remedy for expensive administrations and if they thought the officials were too extravagent they should elect others. STOLE W1ITOUT REASON. Bank Clerk Said He Did'nt Know Why He Stole $50,000. Charged with stealing $50,000 in onds from the Trust Company of America, in New York, W. 0. Doug lass, a clerk of the company, has been arrested~ and remanded without bail. He was caught in a hotel where he had registered under an assumed name. IDouglass had been in the emiploy f the company for several years and was never suspected of dishonesty. He said he took the bonds about ten days before and that he had no rea son for doing so. he didH not even try to dispose of them. hiws notar was $7.500 a year and h a o known to be in financial w'ant. CAHT IT-T[ GOODS. An Aged White Man in Savannah conifessed to Theft. j. W. Hart. an aged white mat eld at Savannah for robbing a housE of a large quantity of silverware Thursday told the police of a numbei of robberies that he had committed The officers have recovered aboui $300 worth of .silverware belonging to A. H. Silcox, of Charleston, whose oue was robbed recently. MANY KILLED. In an Explosion at Canton, China, on Thursday. HUNDREDS WOUNDED. Fifteen Buildings Razed, Scores S5 Jously Wrecked, and Section of Massive City Wall Thrown Down. Residents in Foreign Quarter Not Hurt. Pagoda Escapes. Heavy Property Loss. Poor old China is always in trou ble. Very great destruction- of life and property was caused at Canton Thursday by an explosion of a gun powder magazine. Twenty-one bodies have already been recovered from the ruins. Hun dred of persons were injured. Fifteen buildings were razed to the ground, and over a hundred-were seriously wrecked. A section two hundred feet long of the massive city wall was thrown down. The historical, many-storied pagoda escaped with slight injuries. Officials and staffs of the hespitals are doing their best to succor the sufferers. In the Shamien surburb, where the foreigners live, the shock caused by the- explosion was felt, but the residents were unharmed. . Some idea of the force of the ex plosion may be gathered from the fact that roofs of houses a mile dis tant from the exploded magazine were blown off. A number of mportant Chinese and foreign mercantile establishments were completely demolshed. Bodies recovered from the ruins, in the vicinity of the magizine were shockingly mutilated.. Many corpses were without heads. The officer in charge of the maga zine was among those killed, and when his body was recovered a pipe was found clutched in his hand, which suggests the possible cause of the explosion. FIGHT -FOR .A SQUAW Indian Brave and White Man Both Claim Right to Woman. Even the indians are up to date and air their love affairs In court. Such is the .case of Jack Wilcox, a Quiniault brave, who lives on the reservation at Aberdeen, Wash., and who has instituted proceedings to re cover his wife, against Billy Snell, a white man. The woman in question is an Indian and for 17 years she was the faithful wife of Snell, bring ing-him up a family of six children. Then the dashing young brave ap peared and his stories turned her head. She eloped with him, after he pursuaded her that the first marriage was not legal. It was not long before the brave and his bride returned to the reser vation and Billy Snell won her back again, much to the chagrin of Jack Wilcox. The first marriage was per formed by an Indian agent. If the ontracting parties thought the first eremony legal it would be binding. f the woman did not. thing It legal when she eloped with Wilcox she would not be guilty of bigamy., CAUGHT ON THlE FLY. Sheriff Captures Man From Window of a Flying Engine. One of the most sensational cap ures of an escaped jail breaker ever effected occurred early Thursday orning alont the Delaware, Lacka anna and Western railroad,, near di?on, Pa., when Chief of Police incemover, of Danville, leanng far out of a speeding locomotive, seized harles Sutton by the colar and wung him on board, a prisoner. , Sutton had broken out of the Mon tour county jail several hours be Jore and believing that he would try o escape along the railroad, Sheriff Williams and the chief of police got locomotive crew together and start d in pursuit. While running about 0 miles an hour they suddenly es pied in the glare of the headlight utton leaning back against a box. car on the adjoining track to let the ocomotive pass him. He did not uspect such speedy pursuit, and did not realize his danger until Mince moyer's strong arm shot out and seized him. FIVE MEN DROWNED Captain and Four Men Drowned As They Row Out to Vessel. At Pars-, Christain, Miss., the drowning of five men of the schooner Sioux 'on Monday night came to light Thursday, when the bodies of two floated ashore and a third body was seen off shore. The missing include Captain Jones Connelly, formerly of Baltimore. He and four -sailors started to row out to their schooner Monday evening, but they never reached the vessel. What accident befell them has not been learned The Sioux is from Biloxi, Miss. SHEEP KILLED By an Explosion <ga Can of Dyna mite by Accident. nexlosion of flyEiante at John Li nflsSsheep camp in Trapper Creek, Big Horn county, Wyoming, Thurs day night, killed 700 sheep and com pletely destroyed camp wagons and other possessions of the, camp. The story of the outrage was- told by a herder who said that a band of mask ed men raided the camp and after binding him securely, arranged for the work of destruction. A similar attack was' made upon a sheep camp in the Trapper CreelC section two years ago., TAlmEN FROM MINE. Fourteen Dead Bodies of Miners Are Recovered. A dispatch from Charleston, W. Va., says the bodies of 14 dead have been recovered from the Whipple mi- weean explosions. of gas oc cued latereThursday afternoon, and this wa thought to be the full ex tent of the fatalities.